One of the main reasons we are farming is to try and establish some sort of food security for ourselves. We want to acquire valuable skills so we can be beneficial members of a resilient community. Saving our seeds is perhaps one of the most important actions we can take. Since this is fairly new to us, we are still discovering the best ways to harvest and store the seeds from each species we grow. This week I decided to cut down some of the plants I had been allowing to go to seed, in order to make room for new plants. The pods are not quite ready but I am hoping that if I allow them to dry in the sun they will mature nicely. There are way more Siberian kale seeds here than we can possibly use so I will bring a bunch back to our local seed library, which is a satisfying feeling since our original kale seeds came from there.
|Siberian kale seed pods drying in the sun|
It has been fun experimenting with mystery varieties but this year we opted to purchase specific heirloom varieties (from here) that we had read about and were excited to try; for flavor, size, appearance, and which are the best keepers. Learning about the varieties that grow well in our micro-climate is taking our gardening to another level and teaching us yet another invaluable aspect of sustainability.